The project involves the close collaboration of the Yarmouk and Oxford Brookes Universities, working jointly with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.

Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s new universities, having been established as a university in 1992 – but it has a long history, originating as the Oxford School of Art in 1865, and going through a number of reformulations over the years. It is the only UK university ranked in the QS world rankings of the top 50 institutions under 50 years old. Oxford Brookes enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation, with students from over 140 countries. It currently ranks 1st in the UK for research and 2nd in teaching in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019. The Department of Social Sciences has a wide-ranging disciplinary focus, and archaeologists sit with geographers, social, and biological anthropologists.  


Yarmouk University (YU) is a public university and the second university to be established in Jordan in 1976. The university is located near the city center of Irbid in northern Jordan. It consists of 15 faculties offering 52 bachelor's degrees, 64 master's degrees, and 18 PhD Programs in different disciplines. The university also hosts 12 research and career centers. Since its establishment, The vision of the university vision is based on a correct understanding of the surrounding reality of the university, the challenges it faces, and the aspirations of all influential groups affected by the university's activities, in addition to a set of values that distinguish Yarmouk University.



The Department of Antiquities (DoA) was established in East Jordan in 1923 as part of the Department of Antiquities of Palestine. It is one of the independent state departments in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The vision of the department is based on prime values that consider the archaeological sites in Jordan the best in the world because of the quality of these sites and their management should be in line with the international best practices and contributing significantly to the Jordanian economy and the well-being of local communities.